A body found Friday near Sheep Creek Canal in Daggett County has been identified as Gregory Johnson, 51, a musician in a Rock Springs band.
According to the Daggett County Sheriff’s office, no indications of
foul play were immediately evident although a forensic examination is
being conducted and investigation in the case is ongoing.
Johnson was last seen at around 2 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, by fellow
band members when they finished playing at the Wild Horse Saloon in
Green River. On Tuesday, Sept. 4, a Utah hunter saw a gray Ford F-150
pickup parked near the mouth of Sol’s Canyon, about 8.5 miles southwest
of Manila. The next day, the hunter noticed that the vehicle had not
moved and notified authorities.
Sheriff Jerry Jorgensen and Capt. Chris Collett assessed the scene,
which they said appeared to be a campsite. The pickup was identified as
belonging to the Johnson.
The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s office was notified, and Jorgensen
and Collett began organizing a search involving deputies and search and
rescue volunteers from Daggett and Uintah counties, as well as search
dogs provided by Utah Search Dogs Inc.
One of the search dog teams found Johnson’s body on Friday, less
than 100 yards from the Sheep Creek Canal, which is fed by Long’s Park
Reservoir, about 2 miles upstream.
Though their findings are preliminary, the Sheriff’s office said
they believe Johnson fell into the canal, then tried to return to his
vehicle and campsite and succumbed to hypothermia.